Rocky Top Farm – Organic Vegetables


Rocky Top Farm is a certified organic producer of high quality heirloom vegetables at Penna in Tasmania’s south in between Richmond and Penna. The farm takes advantage of rich clay soils derived from the Jurassic dolerite which is widespread in central Tasmania. Approximately 2 hectares are given over to vegetable production.

The Rocky Top farm is owned by Tony Scherer and Joyce Johnston. Tony has had a long involvement in organic agriculture since he first became associated with the farmers market in Santa Cruz over forty years ago.

We especially love the fabulous garlic produced here which the farm is famous for. Tony favours a Creole variety called Rojo and a larger variety which we particularly like called Blush. However, we also love the other vegetables such as pink eye potatoes, eggplants, cabbages, pumpkins of various varieties, Delicata squash, radishes and Japanese turnips to name but a few.

The following photos show the quality of the vegetables produced by Tony from his dolerite soils that receive very little rain.

Cabbages of various hues and Delicata squash
Tropea onions that were hidden in the photo above

Tony supplies some of the top restaurants in Hobart including Tom McHugo’s and Dier Makr. He also is very generous with his time and mentors younger farmers who are also trying to grow vegetables without the use of damaging chemical inputs.

Additional information

Town/Suburb: Penna, 7171

You can read some more about Rocky Top Farm on the Sprout site, a group that Tony helped set up to encourage and assist people to take up organic agriculture.

Rocky Top Farm